Chittenden County Child Care Statistics

Child Care Resource provides child care statistics for the Chittenden County community. The statistics reported on the pages below are the ones most typically requested. If you have a question and you can’t find the answer below, please feel free to contact us.

Regulated Child Care Programs:

Child Care Wages and Benefits: 

 Number, Capacity, and Vacancies July 2014

During the typical week, approximately 6,800 children ages birth through 12 attend a regulated child care program in Chittenden County. 

Type of Program Ages Served Schedules Offered Number of Programs Slots Number of Vacancies Vacancy Rate

Child Care Center

Ages birth – 5 and sometimes ages 5-12 as well.

Offers care full-days and full weeks.





Family Child Care Home

Ages birth – 5 and sometimes ages 5-12 as well.

Offers care full-days and full weeks.





Private Preschool

Ages 3-5

May offer part-days/part weeks to full-days/full weeks.





Public Preschool

Ages 3-5

Most often part-days/part weeks.





After-School Programs

Ages 5-12

Part-days after school. May offer care during school vacations and summers.





Across programs

Ages birth through 12

Full days, part days, Full weeks, part weeks.

Vacations, summers





Source: Child Care Resource Provider Database


Care for Infants and Toddlers is the most difficult to find:

Most commonly, families find child care through word of mouth. When that doesn’t work, families call Child Care Resource. We assist an average of 2,000 Chittenden County families per yet in finding child care either on-line, by phone, or in person.

While only 23% of children in Chittenden County are ages birth to two, 63% of child care searches are for this age group, demonstrating the difficulty in finding child care for infants and toddlers. In addition, 75% of parents who call multiple times for referrals are parents of children in this age group.

Child Care Searches By Age of Child: July 2013 – June 2014

Age Care Needed Child Care Searches Percentage of Searches Chittenden County Population by Age Difficult Searches
Under 3 850 67% 22% 29%
3-5 271 21% 22% 17%
6-12 144 12% 56% 9%
Total: 1265 100% 100% 24%

 Average Program Tuition: December 2014

The average tuition amounts below are for programs offering a weekly full-time care. For after school programs, this means care from school dismissal to 5:30 or 6:00 pm.

Tuition is not necessarily equal to cost. Some programs have additional sources of income that supplement tuition.

Some community-based early care and education programs have formed partnerships with local school districts to provide publicly funded pre-kindergarten education for children ages 3-5 years.  These public education funding helps to cover the cost of 10 hours per week for 35 weeks per year.  In some cases the funding is used to reduce the tuition that parents pay. In Chittenden County, there are 36 currently in partnership with one or more school district. Of these, 28 are centers or private preschool programs and 8 are family child care programs.

Type of Program Children younger than 2 years of age Children 2 years of age Children ages 3-5 years Children ages 6-12 years
Child Care Center $238 $225 $210 $96
Family Child Care Home $179 $172 $171 $79
Private Preschool N/A N/A $238 N/A
After-School Programs N/A N/A N/A $82

 Programs Recognized for High Quality December 2014

Programs may be recognized for quality through national organizations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) or the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC). They may also be recognized for quality through the State of Vermont Step Ahead to Recognition System (STARS).

In the table below, high quality is defined as accreditation through NAEYC or NAFCC or attainment of 4 STARS or 5 STARS through the State of Vermont.

  • Preschool programs are most likely to have attained a high level of quality recognition.
  • Regardless of the type of program, across the board, vacancy rates in programs recognized for high quality are much lower than overall vacancy rates in programs in regulated programs.
Type of Program Number of Programs Recognized for High Quality Percentage of All Regulated Programs Number of Slots in Programs Recognized for High Quality Percentage of All Slots in Regulated Programs Number of Vacancies In Programs Recognized for High Quality Vacancy Rate in Programs Recognized for High Quality
Child Care Center 24 8 106 9% 2 2%
Family Child Care Home 12 6% 73 6% 1  1%
Private Preschool 19 58% 731 63% 13 2%
Public Preschool 20 77% 371 81% 0  0%
After-School Programs 18 38% 972 42% 33 3%
Across programs 93 30% 3410 41% 102  37%

Source: Child Care Resource Provider Database

 Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook United States Median Pay For Early Care and Education Positions May 2012

Early Care and Education Position Yearly Median Pay Hourly Median Pay For more information visit
Child Care Worker $19,510 $9.38
Teaching Assistant $23,640 $11.36
Preschool Teacher $27,130 $13.04
Child Care/Preschool Director $43,950 $21.13


Need help finding the best care for your child? Call a Referral Specialist today! 802.863.3367